Jessica Dangelo

by Jessica Dangelo

Sustainability Coordinator, Project Coordinator

Celebrating Earth Month

  • APRIL 01, 2021
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Earth Month officially kicks off today, April 1, and at M+A it’s another opportunity to share education, increase awareness and start conversations around sustainability and green design.

Sustainability at M+A embodies a desire to create a more healthy, equitable, and resilient world. By designing our buildings and our communities to be healthy, equitable, and resilient, we can ensure a world that is both sustainable and regenerative.Kaitlin picking out a potted plant

As architects and designers, we can be powerful drivers of change. We make many design choices that shape our built environment, and can make a substantial difference in the way our communities consume energy and resources. Throughout the design process, we will be your partner in making the best decisions for you and your companies, communities, and employees.

Throughout the course of the month, we’ve encouraged, and incentivized, our employees to participate in self-led activities that support, and honor, Earth Month, bringing sustainability practices from office to home, and beyond.

Check out some of our recommended activities below for ideas to motivate your own Earth Month events:

  • Activities to do at Home: 
    • Set your thermostat to an “Eco” setting (or 1-2 degrees warmer than you normally would set it - if Eco isn’t an option)
    • Open windows and turn off Air Conditioning when weather permits
    • Research if your Energy Company has options for green energy. Sometimes you can switch to power from a wind turbine at a slight premium from what you usually pay. 
    • Use Less Single-Use Plastic in the kitchen and bathroom (some examples: swap single use plastic storage bags with reusable ones, swap plastic wrap for bees wrap, swap disposable soap dispensers for bars of soap or reusable soap dispensers) 
    • Use cold water when washing your laundry as much as possible - this will reduce your energy bill, too.Make It Matter water bottle
    • Use a refillable water bottle or reusable coffee mug instead of disposable alternatives
    • Turn off lights during the day when the daylight is sufficient
    • Take Walks with your family
    • Plant Trees with your family in your yard or neighborhoods
    • Listen to Resources Radio (or other sustainability-minded podcast) - a weekly podcast created by Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonprofit research institution located in Washington, D.C. The goal of Resources Radio, like RFF, is to make the latest research insights and policy solutions accessible to everyone. Check it out here: https://www.resources.org/resources-radio/
    • Carpool or Bike to work (if you are able and feel comfortable doing so)
    • Pack Lunch or Pick Lunch places that use less packaging and single-use plastic
    • Participate in Meatless Mondays or look for opportunities to eat more plant-based meals
    • Start a Compost Bin 

Check out this awesome Earth Day map to see the types of activities happening around the world!

There is also a Virtual Earth Day Weekend 5K Run, Walk, or Bike event. You can find out more and register for it here.Kids playing in the street

THE HISTORY OF EARTH DAY:
Earth Day actually started “In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force environmental issues onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities. In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency” (U.S. EPA).

Now, according to EarthDay.org, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action and opportunity for civic engagement and volunteerism.

 

Jessica Dangelo

by Jessica Dangelo

Sustainability Coordinator, Project Coordinator

Jessica is a 2018 graduate of the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Cincinnati where she was awarded the AIA's Henry Adams Medal. Although young, she already has considerable experience with design around the world having studied in Italy and worked at various architectural firms in Beijing, San Francisco, Charlottesville, VA, Houston and Cincinnati. A Living Building Challenge Ambassador, Jessica has a passion for sustainable design. She loves her two rescue dogs, Kailo and Lupin, who bring such joy and craziness to her home.